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No evidence of Olympic Zika spread, WHO committee says

Irmina Pasquarelli | 03 Settembre, 2016, 19:53

The Zika virus, spread by the Aedes mosquito, is especially risky for pregnant women as their babies may be born with neurological disorders, including microcephaly. Those infected display flu-like symptoms such as mild fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

GENEVA Singapore has handled its Zika outbreak in a textbook fashion so far, while the United States could see the disease spread beyond Florida despite mosquito-control measures, officials at the World Health Organization said on Friday. Recounting the past week's events to TODAY, Mary said that her Zika diagnosis was rather "unexpected". It has confirmed 38 new cases of the virus infection in Singapore.

These are people who reside in as-yet unaffected parts of the world with the right climate and abundant mosquitoes for the virus to settle, spread and propagate an epidemic like the one besetting the Americas and Caribbean, they said.

Salama said that while Zika samples from the country appear to be from the African strain, it hasn't been determined whether the African strain of the virus might also be responsible for the neurological problems.

After returning to her home near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, the 58-year-old woman fell ill and was diagnosed with "suspected" zika, based on a urine test. "The people who have tested positive got the virus from traveling to other places where Zika virus is more widespread", said Dr. Deidra Parrish, regional medical director for the Tennessee Department of health, in a letter to area Mt. Juliet residents. It reported another 656 cases brought in by people infected while traveling overseas, mainly areas of Latin America where the virus is spreading.

The embassy also recommended pregnant women and women intending to be pregnant temporarily postpone travels to Singapore.

To date, Zika has infected 72 countries and territories. The virus was first isolated from a monkey in Uganda's Zika forest in 1947.

In the latest study, Mariana Leal of the Hospital Agamenon Magalhães and colleagues in Brazil examined records from 70 infants with microcephaly whose mothers had laboratory-confirmed Zika infections during pregnancy.

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